Exercise is on the mind, and for many, that means launching a weight loss routine. Unfortunately for many, losing weight is often easier said than done. However, if you’re serious about shedding some pounds in the following year (and keeping the weight off), we’ve got some important rules you’ll want to follow!
DO Set Attainable Goals
Start by setting attainable, reasonable goals for yourself. If you’re 50 pounds overweight, then of course you’d love to lose 50 pounds and maintain a healthy weight. However, losing that amount of weight can take months or even years; keep yourself motivated by setting incremental goals, like five pounds by the end of next month. As you reach each smaller goal, you’ll boost your confidence and gain the motivation you need to keep going.
DON’T Ignore the Importance of Exercise
Any successful weight loss plan has two major components: a nutritional portion and an exercise portion. If you’re only focusing on one (perhaps you’ve committed to eating healthier) but aren’t following through with the other, you’re not going to see results. It’s as simple as that. Use our nutritional planner to organise your calorie counting.
So if you’re watching what you eat, make sure you’re also getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. If you’re exercising your booty off, make sure you’re not undoing all your hard work with a bad diet.
DO See Your Doctor Before Starting
Speaking of exercise, it’s always a good idea to meet with your doctor for a doctor before you start any kind of exercise program if you have any health concerns. This way, you can get the “green light” from your doctor as well as be aware of any exercise restrictions you may want to follow to avoid over-exertion or injury.
DON’T Look at Your Journey as a Diet
Another common reason as to why people fail to lose weight is that they see their efforts as a temporary thing. They think that as soon as they lose the weight, they can cut back on the exercise or begin eating whatever they want again. In reality, if you want to lose the weight and keep it off, you can’t look at it as a diet. Instead, you need to see it as a permanent lifestyle change. That means you need to fully adopt the healthy lifestyle and stick with it, even once you’ve met your goals.
DO Consider Working With a Trainer
A great way to stay on track with your diet and exercise goals is to work one-on-one with a personal trainer. A trainer will be able to give you the individualized attention and custom-tailored exercise/nutrition plan that’ll lead you on the path to success. Not to mention, a personal trainer is great for keeping you accountable.
No matter what your goals may be–whether you want to lose weight, tone up, or train to run a half marathon–a personal trainer can help you achieve them.
DON’T Forget to Watch Portion Sizes
Last but not least, make sure to keep an eye on your portion sizes as you embark on your journey to lose weight. You might be surprised to see just how large the portion sizes you’ve been eating are, especially at restaurants (where the average “meal” is more tan 1200 calories). Work on controlling your portions by filling up the majority of your plate with healthy veggies and starches, and leaving only a small portion for fats and meats.
As you can see, there’s a lot to keep in mind as you embark on your weight loss journey. For help and motivation every step of the way, contact us today; we’d be happy to assist you in reaching your goals.
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